Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Vintage Camera Card

Hello! I have a thing for camera stamps and dies, and knew I would like the new Sizzix Retro Camera Card die. Today I am sharing a card I made with this die on the Sizzix blog.
My grandfather was an amateur photographer and when I made this I was thinking of his cameras. I used a childhood photo of my mom to embellish the card. You could also use this die to create an interactive flap on a scrapbook layout, as a place for more photos and journaling. Tim Holtz kraft-core cardstock works great to create an old worn feeling and I also used a foil and mirror elements.

To read more and for close-ups, head over to the Sizzix blog.

Thank you for looking!

Happy crafting!


Monday, July 21, 2014

The Sea Watercolour Layout

Hi and welcome! I can't believe July is soon over, it just seems to have disappeared. This week we have a mid-summer challenge at Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge. Do a summer project, or interpret it to mean something like heat embossing. Lots of options!
I already did a project using a photo from the Swedish Midsummer celebrations, see this Configurations Book. When thinking of what to do for this challenge, I came up on a photo taken a few years ago and decided that it was time to do something with it. I extended the scene in the photo with watercolours. After picking and mixing my colours - you always want to mix enough paint before starting, I simply sketched some lines continuing the photo onto the background.
I painted the sky by first applying clean water to the sky area and then a wash of blue and blue-grey. The clouds were lifted out with a tissue paper. When the sky was dry, I continued with the sand banks, dropping in a darker shadow colour and finished with the beach. Some dry-brushing was done to add texture. I also stamped a Tim Holtz flower with Frayed Burlap ink, misting the inked stamp with water before stamping. I was a little heavy handed with the tracks in the sand, and they are not quite as I wanted them to be.
A few birds were painted in the sky, and I sanded the edges of the photo to make it stand out a little. The title was done with Industrious stickers and since there were red elements in the photo, I stamped two compasses with Red Geranium ink and cut them out.

I stamped a Tim Holtz sentiment into the sand with Potting Soil ink and added a little Heart Charm. Linen Ribbon is perfect for a beach feeling, especially if you pull it apart a little bit. I also added some twine.

Tim's Sizzix mini Seahorse die is so cute. I die cut them from mat board and dropped some watercolour paint onto them, letting the paint mix the way it wanted to. The eyes are pearls with a dot added with a marker.

I also stamped some mini Nautical Blueprints with Tree Branch ink, cut them out and inked them lightly.

I couldn't help myself, but just had to add a quote too. I liked this quote since even though you don't see the sea in this scene, it is very clear that it is close by.
I hope you'll join us in our mid-summer challenge, and as every week, one random participant wins a $50 gift voucher from Simon Says Stamp.

Thank you for looking! Enjoy summer!
Dies: Sizzix: Mini Sand & Sea
Stamps: Stampers Anonymous Tim Holtz: Words for ThoughtNature's Moment, Warehouse District, Mini Blueprints #6
Ink: Archival Ink: Potting Soil, Red Geranium, Tree Branch; Distress Ink: Frayed Burlap, Gathered Twigs
Embellishments: Tim Holtz Idea-ology: Linen Ribbon, Chiseled Industrious Stickers, Heart Charms
Tools: Tim Holtz Idea-ology: Tiny Attacher; Sizzix: Big Shot

Sunday, July 20, 2014

Dream Scenic Stamping Layout

Hi stampers! We are continuing with our July fairy tale theme at Craft a Scene, and I interpreted the theme quite wide this week.
I hadn't done one of these layouts in a while, where I place my son into a scene. This is a full sheet scene done on glossy cardstock. The stamping was done with Jet Black ink and I coloured the scene with grey and black dye inks, as usually starting with the lightest ink and gradually going darker. In the August edition of the Craft Stamper, you can find the second article of my scenic series, and it deals with black and white scenes, both with dye inks and watercolours/Distress Ink. Black and white scenes are so fun to do and they make you focus value, light and shadows.
I made a dramatic sky with star stamps and clouds. Here you can see the highlights done with white pigment inks around some of the stars to make them shine. I used a Tim Holtz Word Band as my sentiment, fitting both with the scene and the fairy tale theme.

Life was added to the expanse of water with a sail boat stamp. Here are some more examples of these full sheet scenes with photos added: A Fairy Tale, Follow your DreamsOn the Beach, and Train Ride.

Thank you for visiting today!

Happy stamping! There is still plenty of time to join us this week.


Stamps: Stampscapes: Cloud Cumulus 018E, Rocky Cliff Left 133G, Seaside Cove 139H, Sailboat 153B, Boulders with Lichen 205F, Eerie Moon 282F, Star Birth 217G
Ink: Ranger Archival Ink Jet Black; Distress Ink: Black Soot; Jenni Bowlin: Weather Vane; Adirondack: Slate; Colorbox Frost White
Paint: Distress Paint: Picket Fence
Surfaces: Kromecote glossy cardstock
Embellishments: Tim Holtz Idea-ology: Word Bands, Long Fasteners

Saturday, July 19, 2014

It's the little things

Hello everyone! Time for a new CSI:Color, Stories, Inspiration challenge, here's the case file: 
My page: 
I used a lot of products by Tim Holtz on this page about finding the joy in little things, like tiny flowers. From the evidence I used: woodgrain, wet medium, stars, sun, clouds and strings. From the testimony items, I journaled about an outdoor activity. The background paper is Motif cardstock by Tim, which is a fun resist paper. I smeared three colours Distress Ink on my craft sheet, misted with water and dragged the paper through the ink to create three broad stripes.
Here you can better see the cool resist woodgrain effect. There are a lot of different patterns in the paper pack. 

Under the photo, I layered a piece of patterned paper and three tags that I found in my scrap box. You can find a tutorial for the one to the left here. The middle one is gelli printed and I think the right one was dyed with walnut ink crystals. The title was done with Chit Chat stickers.  

The sun is die cut with Tim Holtz Prize Ribbons die, which is a die that works for a lot of other things than prize ribbons. I die cut it from leftover crepe paper inked with Distress Stain. Speech bubble dies can often double as clouds, and here I used one of the four speech bubbles on Marisa Pawelko's Thought Talk Bubbles die, just cutting off one part. They were die cut from mat board, and after applying rub-ons, they were coated with Glossy Accents. I tiny bit of Distress Ink got stuck under the Glossy Accents on the top cloud.

I used the new Expedition ShadowPress folder for this banner, together with Potting Soil ink. The stars were die cut from mat board, inked orange, and the edges were sanded to reveal the white mat board. 
Thank you for stopping by today!
Happy crafting!
Surfaces: Tim Holtz Idea-ology: Motif Cardstock, Wallflower Paper Stash; Sizzix Little Sizzles White Mat Board
Stamps: Stampers Anonymous Tim Holtz: Mixed Media, Nature Walk, Merchantile, Classics #16
Ink: Ranger Archival Ink: Potting Soil; Distress Ink: Mustard Seed, Evergreen Bough, Gathered Twigs, Spiced Marmalade
Embellishments: Tim Holtz Idea-ology: Chit Chat stickers, Botanical Remnant Rubs, Observations Word Bands, Long Fasteners, Life Quotes Remnant Rubs, Jute String, Elements Tissue Tape, Commute Tissue Tape

Friday, July 18, 2014

Welcome Home Polaroid Frame

Hello! Today I have a card to share with your, made with stamps by Darkroom Door
The Polaroid Frame is such a great stamp and is also perfect for scrapbooking and art journaling, or to frame just about anything. On this card, I used it to frame a little watercolour scene, stamped with Godelieve Tijskens' Carved Houses set. The frame was stamped with Jet Black ink on white cardstock and inked with Pumice Stone. I cut out the centre to make space for the little scene. 

The two houses were inked with Distress Markers, misted 4-5 times with water and stamped on watercolour paper. When they were dry, I painted around them with Tumbled Glass and Bundled Sage and also stamped some grass with Bundle Sage. Finally, it was splattered with Pumice Stone (smear on your craft sheet, mist with water and pick up with a paint brush), for some texture. I die cut to clouds and stamped a sentiment from Home Sweet Home on one of them. 
There is another sentiment from Home Sweet Home under the scene. The background is dry embossed and sanded Tim Holtz Core'dinations cardstock and I embellished the card with two Industrious stickers.
Thank you for looking and enjoy your weekend! I'll be back with two posts over the weekend.

Stamps: Darkroom Door: Polaroid Frame, Carved Houses, Home Sweet Home
Surfaces: Tim Holtz Core'dinations Colour-Core cardstock; Neenah Smooth Solar White cardstock; Canson Watercolour paper
Embossing folder: Sizzix: Courtyard & Trellis set
Dies: Sizzix: Arrows, Banners, Chevrons & Clouds
Ink: Ranger Archival Ink: Jet Black; Ranger Distress Ink: Pumice Stone, Tumbled Glass, Bundled Sage
Markers: Ranger Distress Markers: Festive Berries, Pumice Stone, Antique Linen, Stormy Sky
Embellishments: Tim Holtz Idea-ology: Borders Industrious Stickers, Chiseled Industrious stickers, Elements Remnant Rubs

Thursday, July 17, 2014

Sizzix Feature Create Magazine

Hi everyone! Sizzix is featured in the July edition of CREATE magazine and the design team was invited to contribute with projects.

I made a double layout using dies by Tim Holtz, with a nature theme. You can see a sneak peek of it here. I also made a tag with dies by Marisa Pawelko. The online magazine is free, and you can see the full projects, and all the gorgeous makes by the design team here. The background information about Sizzix is also great and an interesting read.

Happy crafting!!


Monday, July 14, 2014

Sizzix Modern Surrealist Blog Hop

Hello and welcome to my post for the Sizzix Marisa Pawelko Modern Surrealist blog hop! Hop with us today to check out who has been making what with this new unique and snazzy collection. Marisa's designs will put a little sparkle and extra pizzazz into your day. With the versatile Sizzix Originals dies and the Sizzix SophistiCut Machine you can make fun and easy jewelry, add some perk to your fashion, brighten up your space with a little lively d├ęcor- and so much more. There is a great prize to be won too!
I made a bracelet and a tag (you'll find the tag below). The Big City die is one of my favorites among the Modern Surrealist line, I enjoy using city line type of images, even though I am ambivalent when it comes to cities, liking some parts of big cities, very much disliking others. After chasing around for faux leather like crazy, this was the best I could find locally. I was aiming for something a little brighter and a little sturdier.
The SophistiCut is such a cute machine! It is meant to be used together with the Originals and On The Edge size of dies, together with the two cutting pads that come with the machine. Here you can see the sandwich: cutting pad, die facing up, material to be die cut and the second cutting pad. Since these are steel-rule dies, you can cut thick materials with them. 

I started by die cutting the city from dark purple faux leather. Save the negative for another project. Aren't those small buildings great?

Next, use the Fashion Cuff to die cut the base for the bracelet, using cream/light grey faux leather.

I placed the city on the base, not adhering it yet, it was just to get an idea of where the sentiment could go. Picking one of my favourite sentiments by Dina Wakley and stamping with Jet Black ink.

I wanted to add some detail to the city and stamped my favourite Tim Holtz alphabet stamp with Stazon Cotton White. 

I also stamped birds in the sky, before gluing the city to the base.

The faux leather I used was a little too thin, so I set eyelets in the holes, to prevent them from tearing. I simply tied with an elastic cord, there are other ways of doing this, but I was going for quick and easy. 

These dies are certainly not only for jewelry and accessories, but also great for any type of papercrafting and mixed media. I made a tag, for some extra inspiration, using the same Big City die, and a bunch of other dies from the collection. The background paper is gelli printed using dry embossed paper and Dina Wakley's paints. It was a leftover from a tutorial I posted on the Sizzix blog last week.
This Zippy Zipper die is such fun, and I wanted it to look like it was opening the night time sky, the gelli print being dusk over the city. The zipper was die cut from grungeboard and then once again from foil tape. The foil tape details were distressed with black paint and the zipper was painted green. When dry, I sanded and scratched it and inked with Walnut Stain. The foil details were adhered on top of the grungeboard. I cut away the gelli printed paper and backed the tag with a second tag die cut from Prima paper.

The Thought Talk Bubbles die consists of four speech bubbles, always a fun element to add. They were die cut from Mirrored Sheet, which looks just like a real mirror and I added a rub-on on top. The speech bubble doubles as a cloud.

The background was stamped with a New York ticket stamp and a date stamp, using Jet Black ink. I also added some tiny squares, which were leftovers from the Chained die. Instead of a ribbon, I used tissue tape.  

The city was die cut from grungeboard, painted black, sanded and inked with Walnut Stain. The border under the city comes from the Chained die, which has three different chains. I covered grungeboard with foil tape and die cut the chains from it. It was distressed with black paint. The little squares are the inside pieces from another of the chains.

The rest of the rub-on was placed on the background, together with three more squares.
Don't miss checking out all the fabulous projects on this hop! Here's the line up:  
  • Margot Potter  
  • Jonathan Fong 
  • Hilary Kanwischer  
  • Anna-Karin Evaldsson (you are here) 
  • Tami Mayberry  
  • Karin Jordan
  • Laura Russell
  • Jennifer Priest
  • Tiffany Johnson
  • Tanner Bell
  • Courtney Chambers
  • Kathy Cano-Murillo
  • Jade Harrington

  • If you find a broken link, and when you are done with the hop, head back to the Sizzix blog.

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    Thank you so much for stopping by here today!
    Happy crafting!!
    Surfaces: Neenah Smooth Solar White cardstock; Prima Cartographer A4 paper pad; Ranger Foil Tape Sheet; Tim Holtz Idea-ology: Grungeboard, Mirrored Sheet; faux leather
    Stamps: Stampers Anonymous Tim Holtz: School Desk, Mini Ornates, Going Somewhere, Ultimate Grunge; Ranger Dina Wakley: Face in the Crowd
    Ink: Ranger Archival Ink: Jet Black; Distress Ink: Walnut Stain; Tsukineko Stazon: Jet Black, Cotton White
    Paint: Ranger Dina Wakley: Lapis, Lime, Night, Turquoise; Distress Paint: Black Soot
    Tools: Sizzix: SophistiCut Machine, Big Shot
    Embellishments: Tim Holtz Idea-ology: Life Qoutes Remnant Rubs, Symphony Tissue Tape